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Militarization and Construction in the South China Sea, Reported Facts on the Ground and on the Waters

Update 2: New Satellite Imagery Shows Chinese Drone on Woody Island

 

By Fox News, Daily Mail Online

27 May 2016

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Satellite image dated on 12 April 2016 shows the deployment of the Chinese Harbin BZK-005 long-range reconnaissance drone. (Source: Daily Mail Online/ImageSat International)

New satellite imagery obtained from ImageSat International (ISI) shows that China, for the first time, has deployed a drone with stealth technology to Woody island of Paracel archipelago, one of contested points in the South China Sea.

The newly obtained satellite images from ImageSat International (ISI) show a Chinese Harbin BZK-005 long range reconnaissance drone, with ability of remaining airborne for up to 40 hours.

The Chinese drone did not appear armed in the satellite image taken last month. For the time being, the BZK-005 does not have the capability to fire missiles, unlike other drones in China’s inventory.

Other satellite images show some of the recently deployed HQ-9 surface-to-air missiles on Woody Island transferred from one cluster on the northern part of the island to other locations in a move most likely to make them more difficult to destroy in a potential air strike.

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Further satellite images taken of the island show that HQ-9 surface-to-air missiles that had been stored in one site on the northern part of the island have been transferred to ther locations.

 

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Pictured, satellite imagery shows additional activity on the disputed Woody Island, including two launchers partially covered by camouflage nets (Source: Daily Mail Online/ImageSat International).

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Satellite image dated on 12 April 2016 shows the deployment of the Chinese Harbin BZK-005 long-range reconnaissance drone. (Source: Daily Mail Online/ImageSat International)

 

Read more of the Fox News report at http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/05/26/new-satellite-imagery-shows-chinese-drone-on-contested-island.html

and the Daily Mail Online report at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3613173/Satellite-image-reveals-China-begun-using-drones-stealth-capabilities-South-China-Sea.html

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